• Estonia: How Much Equality?

    Estonia became the first post-Soviet state to legalised same-sex unions. Compared to other former Soviet nations such as Kyrgyzstan, which has been considering criminalising the spreading “gay propaganda”, Estonia has been presented by many in the western media as a role model.

  • A Loss for Russia

    The death of the CEO of Total, Christophe de Margerie, is an irretrievable loss for Russia. He was a strong supporter of maintaining good economic relations between the European Union and Russia in spite of the Ukrainian crisis.

  • Ukrainian Separatism Revisited

    The division into west and east is the most obvious comparison between Lviv and Donetsk. However, the closer we move to the centre of Ukraine, the contrast is less visible. To put it simply – western Ukraine is not entirely orange, and eastern Ukraine is not totally blue.

  • Open Letter on the Dissolution of Memorial

    We express our disapproval of the recent claim submitted to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation by the Russian Justice Ministry to dissolve the Russian Historical, Educational, Charity and Human Rights Society “Memorial”.

  • The Russification of Serbia

    As the largest predominantly Orthodox and Slavic country in Central Europe not yet a member of the EU and not in the process of NATO integration, Serbia is an easy target for Russia’s soft power.

  • Photo Report: March to Commemorate UPA

    On October 14th, Svoboda party members and sympathisers of Ukrainian nationalism organised in Kyiv a march to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA).

  • Ušakovs Has Riga, Latvians Have the Government

    “The Russians won!” is how most international media reported on the recent parliamentary election in Latvia. The victory of the social-democratic alliance Harmony Centre, led by the Mayor of Riga, Nils Ušakovs is a fact, but only in the Russified Riga.

  • The Solitary Voice

    Svetlana Alexievich speaks of the president’s success in a level-headed way: “If someone created Belarus, it is, unfortunately, not us, not the national intelligentsia. Unfortunately, it is Lukashenka.”


  • Russia’s Game Versus European Rules

    Ukraine’s position at this point is that the European Commission should support every country which is willing to use the European law as a role model. Negotiations between Gazprom and Naftogaz should be then conducted in following format: Ukraine and the EU versus Russia.

  • Sukhumi-Tbilisi Railway Revisited

    After two decades of silence, in 2012 the new Georgian government provoked some talks about re-opening the railway stretching from Russia, through Abkhazia, Georgia, to Armenia. However, the re-opening of the Sukhumi-Tbilisi rail link is both politically and economically unjustified.

  • Jan Nowak-Jeziorański: A Sketch for a Portrait

    In the history of 20th century Poland, there exist a few exceptional and symbolic figures. Undoubtedly, one of them is Jan Nowak-Jeziorański, the long-time chief of the Polish section of Radio Free Europe. October 2nd 2014 is the 100th anniversary of his birthday.

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